Barcelona-born defender used big data and football analytics to determine his next destination in his career.
According toThe Athletic
, Hector Bellerin moved to Real Betis on a season-long loan from
this summer, and the decision was thoroughly weighed from the player's standpoint. The Spaniard reportedly hired Analytics FC, a football statistics company, to help him discover the ideal place for him.
Bellerin was looking for a club that would provide him playing time at right-back as well as the opportunity to work with a coach whose philosophy he thought he could fit into, and he feels he's achieved that in Betis with
. Last season's regular right-back,
, has signed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 26-years-old is believed to be adamant about earning a spot in Luis Enrique's La Roja team for the
2022 World Cup
in Qatar, and returning toLa Liga
after several years in England won't impact his chances to be selected for the national team. He's joined the ranks of elite sportsmen like Kevin de Bruyne and Memphis Depay, who have utilized data and analytics to their benefit in recent years.
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